- Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including those at gun shows. It also expands the state’s current assault-weapons ban to include more than 100 gun models.
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Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with 17 counts of murder after the Parkland shooting, reportedly used an AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle similar to the weapon used in the Sandy Hook and other school shootings.
As a side note, “AR” doesn’t stand for assault rifle. It stands for the Armalite rifle, named after the company that developed the weapon.